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Publisher's Summary

The Vampire Chronicles continue with Anne Rice's spellbinding new novel, in which the great vampire Marius returns. The golden-haired Marius, true child of the millennia, once mentor to the vampire Lestat, always and forever the conscientious foe of the evil doer, reveals in his own intense yet intimate voice the secrets of his 2,000-year existence. Once a proud Senator in imperial Rome, kidnapped and made a "blood god" by the Druids, Marius becomes the embittered protector of Akasha and Enkil, Queen and King of the vampires, in whom the core of the supernatural race resides. We follow him through his heartbreaking abandonment of the vampire Pandora. Through him we see the fall of pagan Rome to the Emperor Constantine and the horrific sack of the Eternal City itself at the hands of the Visigoths. Bravely, Marius seeks a new civilization in the midst of glittering Constantinople, only to meet with the blood drinker Eudoxia. We see him ultimately returning to his beloved Italy, where after the horrors of the Black Death he is restored by the beauty of the Renaissance. We see him become a painter living dangerously yet happily among mortals, giving his heart to the great Botticelli, to the bewitching courtesan Bianca, and to the mysterious young apprentice Armand.
Moving from Rome to Florence, Venice, and Dresden, and to the English castle of the secret scholarly order of the Talamasca, the novel reaches its dramatic finale in our own time, deep in the jungle where Marius, having told his life story, seeks some measure of justice from the oldest vampires in the world.
©2001 Anne O'Brien Rice (P)2001 Random House, Inc., Random House Audio, a Division of Random House, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Ron on 12-18-02

100% Anne Rice

A great continuation of the, ?hopefully?, endless ?Vampire Series?, it is thrilling, chilling and mind expanding. Rice gives yet another rendition of her spiritual world. Excellent!!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Christene on 08-01-07

wonderful

I found this reading of Blood and Gold to be luxurious, Roger Rees evoking the majesty and timelessness of Marius without sounding like a caricature. His inflection with the female characters was mildly saccharine, but this long and detail-rich story was awesome to have in this format. I loved every minute detail, and the delivery was really well done. If you want action, read Tom Clancy or what have you. If you want deep relationships, painstaking picture-painting, and really distinct characters, this book is worth a long and exciting listen. I will listen to it again, eventually, the way I re-read the books, when I am ready to revisit these places.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 02-06-09

Amazing

I adored this book... so far I've found the best Anne Rice novel. Some of the ending is convoluted, but that's my only criticism. Otherwise atmospheric, enthralling, complex and a emotional Gothic masterpiece.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Martin on 04-08-10

Endless rumination

My wife and I listened to 3 hours of this on a long car journey, we couldnt bear to listen to any more. What we heard consisted of endless rumination on the Queen of the Damned, Those who must be Kept, Lestat and the twins. Over and over again. Tiresome, disapointing and not particularly intelliegent. It seems that the author has become tied up in the plotlines of the her world without actually adding anything new.

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